Nevada man pleads guilty to sending 27 million spam messages to Facebook users

Associated Press

Federal officials say a Nevada man has pleaded guilty for sending more than 27 million of spam messages to Facebook users.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said Monday that 47-year-old Sanford Wallace of Las Vegas admitted in federal court San Jose, California, to accessing about 500,000 Facebook accounts and sending the unsolicited ads disguised as friend requests in a span of three months.

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Wallace acknowledged accessing Facebook's computer network in order to send the spam messages on three occasions between November 2008 and February 2009.

Haag says Wallace also admitted that he violated a court order not to access Facebook's computer network. He was charged with fraud and criminal contempt.

Wallace is free on bond and scheduled to be sentenced in December. He faces a $250,000 fine and up to three years in prison.